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China on schedule for launch this year of 2nd space station
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BEIJING (AP) -- China on Sunday recovered an experimental probe launched aboard a new generation rocket, marking another milestone in its increasingly ambitious space program that envisions a mission to Mars by the end of the decade....

APNewsBreak: Scientists send coral reef plea to Australia
HONOLULU (AP) -- As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged....

Atlas rocket launches for 1st time since March grounding
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- America's Atlas rockets are flying again, successfully launching a communications satellite for the Navy....

New England cottontail making a comeback in the region
DOVER, N.H. (AP) -- From their enclosures at zoos in New York and Rhode Island, the New England cottontail offers a cute distraction for visitors....

Can Google Glass help autistic children read faces?
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Like many autistic children, Julian Brown has trouble reading emotions in people's faces, one of the biggest challenges for people with the neurological disorder....

Teacher recalls battle with tornado that killed 98 in China
YANCHENG, China (AP) -- Teacher Guo Haimei said the ferocious wind, blacked with dust and debris, seemed to descend out of nowhere onto her kindergarten and its 120 pupils....

Skeletons, coins found in dig of ancient Pompeii shop
ROME (AP) -- Italian and French archaeologists have discovered four skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop on the outskirts of Pompeii, officials said Friday....

Daring flight removes 2 sick workers from South Pole station
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) --   Two people who fell ill while working at the U.S. research station at the South Pole have been evacuated by a small plane that made the daring rescue flight in Antarctica's harsh winter....

Solar-powered plane lands in Spain
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) -- An experimental solar-powered airplane landed in Spain Thursday, completing an unprecedented three-day flight across the Atlantic in the latest leg of its globe-circling voyage....

Firm: California spill went undetected due to pipeline work
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) -- The operator of a pipeline that spewed tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil into a Southern California ravine says it didn't detect the leak because the line was down for maintenance....